Technical Pens Review

Updated: 30 Sep 2018

Review for recommended brands of Technical pens

Intro

What is a technical pen?

A technical pen is a pen intended for technical drawing for use by engineers, architects and drafters. Technical pens are specialized in creating lines of uniform thickness.

Artists and graphic designers also use these pens for drawing and sketching.

What is Rapidograph?

Rapidograph is the name of a particular technical pen by Rotring Company, which in 1953 was a prototype of the technical pens at that time.

Review for some recommended brands of technical pens:

Staedtler Pigment Liner

Pigment Liner technical pen by Staedtler comes in 12 nib sizes, from 0.05mm to 1.2mm.

Indelible, lightfast and waterproof pigment ink.

According to Staedtler, this technical pen can be left uncapped for at least 12 hours without drying.

Staedtler Pigment Liner technical pen Staedtler Pigment Liner

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Pen drawing of a sailboat with Staedtler Sailboat drawing with Staedtler Pigment Liner

Copic Multiliner SP

Copic Multiliner SP technical pen comes in 9 nib sizes, from 0.03mm to 0.7mm, and a brush pen.

Filler & nibs for Copic Multiliner SP can be replaced when necessary.

Besides black, these technical pens come in 12 colors.

In addition to the SP model, a non-SP disposable Multiliner technical pen exists, and it is cheaper.

Copic Multiliner SP technical pen Copic Multiliner SP
Alice in Wonderland coloring page Alice drawing with Copic

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Car drawing with Copic Multiliner Car drawing with Copic Multiliner SP

Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment

The Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment technical pen comes in 8 nib sizes, from 0.1mm to 0.8mm.

These technical pens are lightfast, meaning their ink is resistant to fading when exposed to light.

Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment technical pen Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment
Yoda from Star Wars coloring page Yoda drawing with Ecco Pigment

In addition to the black pen, Faber-Castell's technical pens are available in 3 colors: red, green and blue.

Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment technical pen Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment
Winnie the pooh coloring page Winnie the Pooh drawing

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Tree house drawing with technical pen Tree house drawing with Ecco Pigment

Pigma Micron by Sakura

The Pigma Micron technical pen comes in 6 nib sizes, from 0.2mm to 0.5mm.

These technical pens have a durable ink made of pigments. They are manufactured by Sakura.

In addition to black, these technical pens come in 14 colors for the nib size 0.45mm. Fewer colors for other nib sizes.

Pigma Micron technical pen by Sakura Pigma Micron
Minion drawing of coloring page Minion drawing with Pigma Micron

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Pen drawing of a house with Pigma Micron House drawing with Pigma Micron

Uni PIN Fine Line

The Uni PIN Fine Line technical pens come in 10 nib sizes, from 0.03mm to 0.8mm and a brush pen.

Fade proof and water resistant Ink.

In addition to black, sizes 0.1 and 0.5 come in 5 colors.

Uni PIN Fine Line technical pen Uni PIN Fine Line

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Pen drawing of a sprarrow bird with UNI PIN Sparrow bird drawing with Uni PIN fine line

PITT Artist Pen

The Pitt Artist Pen technical pens come in 4 nib sizes: 0.1mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm.

Pigmented and lightfast drawing ink.

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist technical pen PITT Artist Pen

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Pen drawing tower of pisa with Pitt Tower of Pisa with PITT

Edding 1800 Profipen

The Edding 1800 Profipen technical pens come in 4 nib sizes: 0.25mm, 0.35mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm.

Lightfast, waterproof pigment ink.

These technical pens come in 4 colors: black, red, blue and green.

Edding 1800 profipen technical pen Edding 1800 Profipen

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Crocodile drawing with edding 1800 pen Crocodile drawing with edding 1800

Summary

There is a large selection of recommended brands for technical pens for drawing, sketching and writing. Some of them are high quality and expensive while others are affordable.

Technical pens are suitable for drawing coloring pages, drawing comic characters and working with coloring markers.

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More examples for drawing with these technical pens can be found in the how to create depth tutorial.

The technical pen brand review and drawings were made with technical pens owned by the author.